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Place Category: RoutePlace Tags: Pen y Pass, Snowdon, and Snowdonia

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  • The Miner’s Track up Snowdon is regarded as one of the easier walks up Snowdon, though it can still be difficult in parts, especially once it joins the PYG track.

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    The Miners’ Track up Snowdon

    1 – The Miners’ Track route starts from Pen y Pass, and is clearly marked at the corner on the opposite corner to the Cafe. It’s essentially an unsurfaced road for the first few kilometres and the gradient is nice and steady.

    The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

    2 – It continues, high above Llyn Teyrn before the vista towards Yr Wyddfa slowly emerges.

    3 – The Miners’ Track turns right, across a causeway and along the far side of the lake, steepening as it reaches the far end and climbing up into the next hanging valley.

    The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

    This photo from Craig Bychan shows the causeway clearly.


    The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

    4 – Finally you reach the lake at Glaslyn, which is a good spot for a breather and take in the views.The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

    5  Follow the steps uphill to your right. They can be easy to lose in places, but with care you’ll find yourself at the fingerpost that marks the PYG track.

    6 The Miners’ Track path is now actually quite tricky to follow, and can be easy to lose in mist. It’s also a lot rougher, requiring the use of hands in places.

    The Miner’s Track up Snowdon after joining with the PYG

    7 You continue up into the head of the cwm, with the mountains apparently closing in around you. This can be especially so when the summits are in cloud and does remind you of Mordor. However, as you reach the headwall the path joins the clear zig-zags to Bwlch Glas.

    The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

    8 Bwlch Glas is a relief, after being closed in on the latter parts of the Pyg/Miners’ track, and further relief is that the summit is an easy 20 minute walk to your left. Keep an eye out here for the new stone markers that you’ll need to follow back down.

    The Miner’s Track up Snowdon The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

    And on to The Summit

    In Decent –Ensure you turn down the proper path at Bwlch Glas – use the stone markers! Also, take care not to leave the path early as you can end up in the middle of disused mine workings. The junction between the Miners’ track and PYG is clearly marked with a standing stone. If in doubt, continue on the PYG as it also takes you back to Pen y Pass.

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